The Times of Israel

The Times of Israel
Rabbi Barbara Aiello is a frequent contributor to the Times of Israel on line news service. As the first woman rabbi in Italy, Rabbi Aiello often blogs about Jewish issues in Italy, specifically the B’nai Anusim community (Italians whose ancestors were forced into Christian conversion 500 years ago). In her recent Times of Israel Blog on Christopher Columbus and his Jewish ancestry, the Times of Israel post received more than two thousand hits and hundreds of comments. In 2014 Hadassa Press published Rabbi Aiello’s, The Times of Israel Blogs in book form as “The Cat That Ate The Cannoli – Tales of the Hidden Jews of Southern Italy.”

At the Ferramonti Camp – Three Synagogues and Bed Sheet Brides

Q: What Makes Jews So Smart? A: Bar and Bat Mitzvah

As Holocaust Survivors Age – Special Considerations

Purim Puppetry – Jews Created What Became Legitimate Theater

In Times Like These, Why Cancel a Holocaust Event?

Why We Jews Should Share Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with Our Kids

Tashlich Makes Jewish Ritual Participatory

Hijacking The Holocaust

Political Sermons Can Destroy the Spirituality of the High Holy Days

The Midnight Shofar — Italy’s B’nei Anusim Hide in Plain Sight

Never Again and Never Give Up-Italian-American Saves International Holocaust Event

The Blessings of Hospice

Easter Tsuris – Passion Plays Still Fuel Anti-Semitism

The “Get Out Of Shul Free” Card – Shabbat’s Monopoly on Friday Night

Holiday Heartache – Helping Divorced Kids Get Through

Queen Esther’s Legacy

One Rabbi’s View on Same-Sex Marriage

Torah in a Tree House – One Month as an Honorary Alaskan Jew

The Jews can save Columbus Day

Vincenzo’s Victory – An Anusim Bar Mitzvah in Palermo, Sicily

Lag B’Omer – Celebrating Jewish Diversity

Italy’s B’nai Anusim Revive a Secret Passover Tradition – The Seder Hamishi

Nazi sympathizer’s granddaughter speaks from the heart

A Christmas conundrum – an American rabbi in Catholic Italy

How the Jews named Italy

Oi Mama! Italy’s “Hitler Award”

Synagogue Suicide – What the Pew Report Didn’t Tell You

Walter Finds His Way – More Stories from Southern Italy’s B’nai Anousim

Becca’s Wooden Box – A Story of Sicily’s Lost Jews

Lag B’Omer message for Sicily’s bnai anousim

Italy’s first woman rabbi suggests that married priests and women priests could revive the Catholic

A candelabra comes home for shabbat

“Cavalluccio” – After liberal Jewish movement puts in ten years work, Orthodox rabbis “discover” Italian B’nei Anousim!

Zachor! Memories of my first Holocaust Memorial Day in Italy

Tales from Jewish Italy – the midnight shofar

Jewish wisdom at the Christmas Pageant

The Cat that ate the cannoli

A lesson from Italy